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NRCS NJ Seeks Proposals for Innovative Conservation Solutions

Evan Madlinger

SOMERSET, N.J., March 15, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will fund $275,000 through Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for the development of new tools, approaches, practices and technologies to further conservation on New Jersey private lands. Individuals, local and state governments, and non-governmental organizations are eligible to apply through May 23, 2022.

A webinar for CIG applicants is scheduled for March 31, 2022, at 1:00pm EST. Information on how to join can be found below.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with conservation partners through CIG to address our nation's water quality, air quality, soil health and wildlife habitat challenges with creative problem solving and innovation, all while improving agricultural operations.

“The world’s population is increasing, but available agricultural land is decreasing,” said Julie Hawkins, New Jersey State Conservationist for NRCS. “Through science and innovation, we can help farmers improve the health of their operations and productivity on their lands while protecting the natural resources we all depend on. The new systems, tools and technologies being developed through CIG are helping us ensure the longevity of American agriculture.”

CIG supports early-stage development and piloting of new tools, practices and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands. For FY22, NRCS invites proposals that support one or more of New Jersey’s priorities, including Urban Agriculture, Climate Smart Agriculture, and Forestry/Wildlife.

While all applications addressing one or more of these priorities will be evaluated, NJ NRCS staff have identified specific areas of interest which are detailed further in the announcement.

These grants do not fund research projects. The program is designed to aid the adoption of measures that have been sufficiently studied to indicate a high likelihood of success. The overall goal is to incorporate new innovations into NRCS technical manuals and make them available to the agricultural community.

Interested parties can view the entire New Jersey CIG grant announcement and/or apply for the program on

For more information on the state CIG program, visit the NRCS New Jersey CIG page.

Webinar Information: 
March 31, 2022, 1:00pm EST
Meeting Recording